What About CRIME Stupid

This morning the blogmaster entered the local newsfeed from traditional media to be swamped with the predictable-news about the selection of General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni More to represent the BLP in St. George North in the upcoming by-election. The proposal by the government to rename the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Owen Arthur’s name. The pros and cons of going republic and others. Some if us do not forget that the traditional media has a weighty responsibly to report news as it happens AND to present issues of the day to the general public. A professional and educated cadre of journalists has the awesome power to influence the citizenry.

However, one of the biggest threats to a stable society is rising CRIME, in the case of tiny Barbados; increasing gun violence. Both political parties have been targeted in the fight against crime and today the country is reaping the whirl wind. Successive governments AND private sector have not harmonized policies to sustain the economic well being of the country to address the economic and social needs of Barbadians, especially our young people. Many Barbadian families have not managed households well enough to inculcate wholesome values because they lack meaningful support.

The late Randy “Nutman” Selman

In recent hours the blogmaster updated the Murder Tracker in the sidebar to 33 to include the body found last week on the rocks at the Animal Flower Cave and last night the random killing of a young man know as ‘Nutman’. Barbadian pedestrians and motorists should recall the mannerly young man who sold nuts at the junction of Pine Road. From all reports he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The effect of crime on working class neighbourhoods like the Pine, Silver Hill and others must be given priority by the society. The consistent high unemployment in working class neighbourhoods in Barbados because of a lack of economic opportunity has created an underclass. Yesterday members of the BU intelligentsia reiterated a call to gentrify Bridgetown. We need similar calls to implement programs to uplift our working class neighbourhoods; improve the economic opportunities, improve the housing, eliminate the crime bosses who take advantage of this vulnerable class of society. Recently Zack Robert Nadur, an upper class 74 year old man was arrested and charged with possession of 50 rounds of .32 ammunition at his residence without a licence. We need to see more!

Shopkeeper Shirley Lynch is pleading for help as she watches her livelihood fall victim to crime. The pensioner has been operating a shop in Golden Rock, The Pine, St Michael, since 1994. (Video by Sandy Pitt)#MeAndMyNation#YourNewsYourTimeYourWay#Barbados#LoveMyNation

The Nation Barbados

Just last month the blogmaster read the impassioned cry from Shirley Lynch (quoted above) who operates a village shop in the area where ‘Nutman’ was reported to be liming outside his home last night. So many Barbadians including our politicians live in an alternate universe. There must be a fit for purpose Crime and Social Plan to arrest what is playing out at Golden Rock the Pine and similar working class neighbourhoods across Barbados. The social and economic cost is rising a la inner city Chicago. The time has come for Barbadians to reject the usual platitudes from the police, politicians, pretend social practitioners and NGOs et al. We allocate millions of dollars to implement trite projects and forget about the importance of developing meaningful social programs to assist our most vulnerable. What do we think will happen eventually if so many of our children underperform in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination? What do we think will happen if our parents who need help are not supported?

Rising crime affects us all people.

 

 

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  • ” saw Mr Denny last night at a session and I was so tempted to go and ask him why he isn’t marching against this violence since BLM and Nelson’s statue hasn’t shot or robbed anyone”

    A simple explanation: Comrade Denny is part of our Phantom Squad with the task to distract the naive masses from the real problems. The more the mob on the streets and on BU gets upset about conditions in the U.S. and about Nelson, the easier it will be for the government to take necessary measures to stabilize the country.

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  • Omar Watson

    Criminals doing as they like in Barbados. Toyota Corolla registration MA2648 stolen at gunpoint from Drax Hall, St. George.

    Just a few years ago a scene like this would be shocking to everyone in Barbados and now it is just being shared via Social Media and people are just laughing at the lady’s reaction to the gentleman telling her to go back inside, the guy has a gun.

    We’ve been so sensitized to this level of crime that we’ve now accepted this nonsense as the norm. The mistake that many other violent societies made we are making now ourselves.

    I passed Halls Road night before and saw Police in their numbers by the tinting place and people congregating at the entrances of their road looking concerned to hear that a guy was shot only moments ago, to then hear that the very popular Nut Man was also shot in the Pine and was in very bad shape, then shortly afterwards hearing that he passed away from his injuries. RIP Nut Man.

    I saw a Tik Tok video circulating showing life in the Pine and the sound effect of gunshots in the background while the person did a panoramic recording of an area in the Pine would crack a laugh if we didn’t know how real this was now.

    Every day now violence is prevalent all over Barbados. I saw Mr Denny last night at a session and I was so tempted to go and ask him why he isn’t marching against this violence since BLM and Nelson’s statue hasn’t shot or robbed anyone but I decided not to make him unpick his “teeth” at that time.

    Things are so hard now that a guy approached me last night and tried to sell me a used toilet seat for $15, and at first, I thought he was kidding, I asked him where did he get it. He said in a garbage can and I said to him, “Do you really effin think that someone is going to buy a used toilet seat from you?”

    Few mins later he passed without it. The toilet seat was sold.

    Too many murders, too many shootings, too many robberies, too much crime and the silent distractions coming from our law and policymakers are deafening.

    Anyways let me go and finish eat my Kit Kat. I gone.

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  • MURDER ACCUSED Recardo Reco Best (left) and Teshon Richard Moore after they were remanded yesterday. (Picture by Heather-Lynn Evanson.)

    Two charged with Nut Man’s murder

    TWO PEOPLE, one of them a teenager, charged with killing popular vendor Randy “Nut Man” Selman were remanded after an afternoon appearance in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

    Recardo Reco Lamar Best, a 27-year-old general worker, of Clapham Main Road, and Teshon Richard Anthony Moore, 17, of Wildey Gardens, both in St Michael, were jointly charged with, but not required to plead to, murdering Selman on September 23.

    They were also jointly charged with using a firearm while committing the indictable offence of serious bodily harm, as well as causing serious bodily harm to Trevor Ramsay with intent, all on September 23.

    They were represented by attorney Asante Brathwaite, who held for Queen’s Counsel Michael Lashley.

    Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes remanded the accused toHMP Dodds until November 9.

    Police had reported that the 38-year-old Selman, a father of two, was relaxing outside his home at Golden Rock, The Pine, St Michael, when he was shot to death. (HLE)

    Source: Nation

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  • Is it standard for the accused to be in contact with each other?

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  • @Sargeant

    It is a common occurrence.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Serqeant

    It provides an opportunity to engage the Game Theory Model called”Prisoners Dilemma”. Lol !!

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  • @ Sargeant

    No. It is a matter of evidence gathering. By allowing them to talk they can share evidence and an alibi. But, this is who we are. We are different.

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  • This is what a country looks like when a criminal organisation and a government merge. This could never happen in Barbados.

    https://www.pambazuka.org/human-security/edward-seaga-and-institutionalisation-thuggery-violence-and-dehumanisation-jamaica

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  • Dale Marshall is the criminal justice equivalent of Chris Sinckler as finance minister. Marshall demonstrates almost everyday, not only that he is incompetent, but that he seems not to be able to learn. He is asleep on the job.
    Almost every week there are reports of shootings in Barbados, and Mr Marshall cannot even find the words to say to reassure the public, farless introduce any policy, any, to deal with the problem. And he gets away with it although his boss is also a lawyer, QC and former attorney general, so she cannot claim she has been blindsided.
    It is another example of a government that is out of its league, that has not a single clue what to do about the economy, law and order, education, public transport, or the breakdown of the social order.

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  • Today, Thursday, the Jamaican have opened a digital bank in the UK, a mark of a progress nation. For a long time the BNB tried and got pushed back by the Bank of England because they were incompetent and expected favours.
    Let us have a drink to Jamaica. https://portal.jnbank.co.uk/

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